1936 Rexall Drug Store Train That Toured United States and Canada



(Picture above from Bert Daniels …. the engineer)

An old train that has always interested me was the New York Central Rexall Train.

The engine was an L-2 Mohawk #2998 or #2873 (I have conflicting stories). It was the predecessor to the L-3a dual purpose Mohawks (4-8-2’s) 3000-3024. The NYC used 4-8-2 Mohawks for fast freight service on the water level route hence the name Mohawk not Mountain. The Mohawks started in the 2500 and 2600 L-1 class and moved to the L-2 2700,2800 and 2900 classes. These were all freight engines with 69″ drivers. I believe the Rexall engine and one other were rebuilt with 72″ drivers and counter balance for higher speeds. The 3000 series L-3 class had several subseries (a, b, and c) that were built by Alco and Lima. The 3000-3024 were the only dual purpose engines. The last series of Mohawks were the L-4a and…

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Packing List: European Winter


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This week I was asked by one of my lovely readers if I was able to write a post about what I packed for months of backpacking through Europe in the winter months. So here goes!

I wanted to pack enough clothes that I wouldn’t have to do laundry every week, but I had also set myself a luggage limit of 13kg (3kg backpack included). This turned out to be pretty tricky considering that most winter clothes tend to quite bulky and heavy.

Something else that I had to keep in mind when packing  was that I also wanted to look half decent on a semi regular basis (no mean feat, let me tell you).

But I ended up making it work, although buying things along the way did make my backpack substantially heavier by the time I went back home! So here is a list of what clothing I…

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Socks are quick victim of wear and tear – centuries old problem not solved yet. Why?

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Everyday morning in a hurry up mode to go to office, I don’t pay attention to what is happening to my socks. Almost all socks have holes and I have to keep in mind NOT to take out my shoes in any case.

In fact, I like to take off the shoes in the workplace which I can’t do. I have undercover survey and found that many people have their socks in torn state near the foot thumb and other fingers. So, this problem of torn socks is not just mine and many are finding the same problem. So, this needs to be addressed.

There is no manual available with the socks. Oops. The sock manufacturer will not be bothered to provide manual and reduce their sale. That’s the business. Okie, leave it.

I checked on the net and found that Albert Einstein never wear socks.

To Einstein, socks…

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Platforms for Art Under the City (If You Notice)


Had not been in New York City literally for years. It was about Halloween last Fall. Heading from Times Square to bus terminal I saw these really great pictures painted on the (beautifully white) wall. Thought they were old-time “trick and treaters”. Guess I had better not give up my writing job for an art critic job. The picture at the top was NOT “trick and treaters”. It was  Jane Dickson’s mosaics of New Year’s Eve revelers. As much as I enjoy them, you run the risk of getting plowed under at rush hour if you pause to admire them along the passageway that connects the Times Square and Port Authority bus terminal subway stations where they’re located.

An Art Tour of the Subway System With Sandra Bloodworth, the Director of MTA Arts & Design. A great article by RALPH GARDNER JR. Ms. Bloodworth is also the co-author, with William Ayres, an…

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Bar Cars: End of an Era?



Used to be a lot of bar cars on a lot of railroads. Most are gone. In the 1970’s “new” cars were built for what is now Metro North. Now these cars need to be replaced and a debate is going on to replace them or to get out of the bar car business.

The bar cars don’t run as frequently as they used to as some are already retired, but there is a WebSite for tracking current bar cars running and what trains they are on

Picture above is of the most famous bar car. Only the New Haven could come up with a car name such as “V:XI-GBC.” This translated to, “5:11 Gentlemen’s Bar Car”. The New Haven had little to do with choice of names. Despite the Pullman pool livery, it was railroad owned after 1956.

Here is a story of the bar cars that replaced…

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Pulling Steam Locomotives by Hand




Recently we published a blog on New York Central Shops at Harmon, NY.

In another connection, we recently found the picture of the Niagara Steam Locomotive being pulled. Then David Keller posted this Timkin ad.

The idea being that Timken Roller Bearings were so good that a locomotive could move with ease.

The whole trick was getting it rolling from a dead stop.  THAT needed some mechanical help.  Once the locomotive began to roll, THEN the girls were able to pull the locomotive!

Don’t think the ad was filmed at Harmon. Probably wherever Timken was. Canton, Ohio???

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